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Brower Home Power Hour: Formerly the CHERP Energy Wise Forum, Brower Mechanical has now recrafted the program to further promote the process of home energy optimization thru home energy audits, insulation, windows, solar and more. Continuing the relationship with the non-profit Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP)monthly seminars are designed to provide access to virtually free home energy assessments ($300+ value!)that can then lead to maximizing government and utility rebates and incentives to both reduce expense and increase home values. An incredibly informative show to help anyone considering solar or home energy upgrades make the best investment decision utilizing the small solar process by reducing before producing.

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Radio Show Archive

April 22, 2018: Fear ye not though thermostat... 9 ways to save electricity.

What? You think your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small don't know Shakespeare? Well, whether they do or not the one thing they do know is home energy, comfort and health and that's something you can count on. Since "brevity is the soul of wit" let's get to this week's show.

Your hosts jump right into those mailers you so frequently get addressing how with just a low weekly payment, you can have all your homes issues taken care by just installing that new HVAC unit for about $35 per week. "All that glitters is not gold" and that solution is not the cure. The HVAC company behind that mailer is waiting with "bated breath" to get you to sign. Check out the interest rates, the term and the process. Duane and Bill will walk you through the details of these less than ideal remedies that steer you down the wrong path. They'll also give you solutions for less money that get you more in terms of comfort, efficiency, health and savings! Don't go running on a "wild goose chase" just to find what appears to be the fastest fix. Stop letting that utility bill "eat you out of house and home". We all know what's just around the corner. Hot. And a need for cool. Get your 9 ways to reduce your electricity bill by up to 30% when you visit and request it. "To thine own self be true" means get going. Do something today. Don't fear that thermostat. Set it and forget it. Let that A/C run and get out and have some fun. When you use Brower Mechanical to assess your home with a free Clip Board Audit, you'll know exactly what to expect and what steps to take next for the best solution to reducing your energy consumption. Call 916-624-0808. And as Shakespeare would have said: "All's well that ends well."

April 15, 2018: Swoosh! The quickest way to cool down your home in the evenings...for less!

Listen in as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small discuss the differences of Whole House Fans of old and today. No more jet engine, flap rattling air movement droning with these new fans! As a matter of fact, you can even request a video of the fans in operation or see one for yourself at the Brower Exploratorium. It's free, it's fun and you'll learn a ton!

You'll also hear the case study of excess solar on a smaller home and the unintended (and expensive) consequences. 45 panels on 2200SF is not a fix, it's an expensive mask to a bigger problem. That's what can happen when a solar only solution gets applied to a bigger energy upgrade need. It's not pretty! In today's final segment, you'll also hear about the opportunities to heat your water with solar as well. Technology is moving quickly and this is a show that gives you some insight to what's possible today, not tomorrow. Learn how to do what's best for your energy plan, or even how to create a home energy plan by giving the folk at Brower Mechanical a call today. A short Clip Board Audit will get you started on your way. 916-624-0808 or visit on line to request your free video of Whole House Fans and more at

April 8, 2018: Take these six steps into your homes energy efficiency to reduce your utility bills!

Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are going to guide you up the stairs to home energy efficiency to help cure many home ills. With the influence of Building Performance Industry standards, a trained and knowledgeable assessment team will perform a Clip Board Audit to help you take that first step to a more efficient and healthier home.

Are you experiencing temperature variations in multiple rooms? Does your home present an extraordinary amount of dust on the furniture? Are your utility bills out of control in the summertime? There's a cure for these ailments and it starts by reaching out to somebody who has seen it all before. And you don't have to take our word for it. Hear what Rick has to say about his Whole House Fan experience and how a trip to the Brower showroom can really seal a deal for you. Allergies a problem? Then consider ways to get the house right by sealing it tight. You can even get a complete video on request by simply entering it in the subject line when you visit So listen up, take your six steps to a more efficient, comfortable and healthier home and when you're ready to do something about it, give Brower Mechanical a call at 916-624-0808. You'll breathe easier knowing you did.

April 1, 2018: No bunnies, but big Brower is hoppin' in to reduce your utility expense!

Happy Easter! And in an oddity of sorts, it's also April fools day. Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small have some good info in the show today that you can use as water cooler fodder. Like what percentage of people actually pull an April fool joke on somebody. You'll be surprised. After a little light hearted entry to the essence of the show, you'll learn about the value and savings you can realize from 
Dual fuel systems to heat and cool your home. Or how about the top three questions people ask about when it comes to home energy? I'll give you them:
What kind of Air filters should I get?
Why is my AC running all the time in the summer?
Why is our energy bill so high?
If you listen regularly to the show, you'll literally be able to answer each of those questions all by yourself. The guys have a little fun presenting the significance of sealing your house tightly to save on leaking air...coming in and going out.
And here's an "about time" discussion you'll find today...
How to be sure the appraised value for your home is given when you do a whole house value add. Especially if you’re selling your home! If you have a documented high performing home, Brower will give you a full report for the appraisal and the values it represents. Only one of 18 contractors in the country are capable of doing this sort of process to mandate the realtor uses this information for greater value. If that isn't just one more reason to give Brower Mechanical a call, I don't know what else it would take! Call 916-624-0808 or on line at

March 25, 2018: Ducks in your ceiling? No! Make that duct sealing instead.

Duct sealing, not ducks in your ceiling! Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small, your show hosts, get into both the misunderstanding of what you hear, vs what was said, or what you think you heard, on today's show. Like the sentence about duct sealing. Sounds like ducks in the ceiling but nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, it's about how much air you may be losing to leaky ducts. The expense is something to quack about for sure. Could you save? Yes, and you'll learn how by listening. Ducts tested can determine how much is leaking out and therefore how much energy can be saved. Then you know the gap to save on energy usage. 

You'll also learn how much solar a whole house fan can really save you. There are important questions to ask so you don’t overspend or miss the point of what it is you’re trying to accomplish. And yes, a whole house fan can also be your primary cooling device. That’s a huge savings! 

There's all that and more in today's show that gets you that much closer to taking the right steps, making the right moves to get your home as energy efficient as it can be. For more information, call Brower Mechanical today at 916-624-0808 or visit on line at

March 18, 2018: Create a little of your own luck and save a bit o' green on your home energy costs!

Happy St. Patty's day! It's your lucky day too because your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small are going to help you save some green. As in Benjamins. Real dough. Big money. Listen to today's stories to learn how you can reduce before you produce, get your home energy upgrade rebates and get your home right by starting with the all important clip board audit. You'll also hear about Duane's trip to the Consumer Electronics Show and the Connected or "Smart" home options available to you today. Did you know Google receives over 700 calls a month just from Sacramento from people wanting help with their smart home thermostats! That's a lot of people getting smarter houses and saving energy for sure. And that's what you'll learn more about when you listen to the show as well. For more information you can always call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or visit

March 11, 2018: How does the time change affect your energy consumption?

OK, so we took a little liberty with that headline. The spring ahead on your clock only means you're one hour closer to the summer's heat and if your home energy system isn't right, well, you're going to be uncomfortable very soon. Your hosts, Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small engage in an interesting and valuable discussion about new opportunities on the "go small solar" web site in tandem with the Energy Exploratorium, Brower Mechanicals exclusive showroom. You can now request videos of the showroom to see what it's all about before you come in! It couldn't be more simple to learn about the steps to reduce before you produce and save thousands on your home energy upgrades. You'll hear anecdotal case studies, learn about why batteries in your smoke detectors seem to always fail in the middle of the night and what some of the best steps to take now to prepare for the summer heat should be. And to insure your level of confidence in what you'll hear on the show, you'll be directed to your utility company to verify that what you hear today is echoed by both SMUD and PG&E. Yes, even the utility companies want you to reduce before you produce and save thousands on your home energy improvements. Learn your options by calling Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or on line at

March 4, 2018: Home energy Show and Tell where you're always the winner.

There are times when the visual element benefits the investment process even if you're not going to be looking at that purchase on a regular basis. Listen to your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small as they give vivid descriptions and share where you can visit the full "Show and Tell" at the Brower Exploratorium...or showroom if you prefer. Only Brower Mechanical has a place where you can see HOW the energy savings work for your home. Whole house fans, pool pumps, attic insulation and solar panels converge in one space giving you a real look at the major investment you're about to make. This is not a sales pitch, and there's no push. It's fun and you'll learn a ton.

Can't make it out to the showroom? Request a video on the website. Want a second opinion from a third party? How about visiting your Utility provider website? They all recommend the process of "Reduce before you Produce". That's the mantra of energy savings from Brower Mechanical. To get some of the best trained people in the business to help with your decision, simply visit Brower Mechanical at Or call 916-624-0808

February 25, 2018: How to build a gold medal home energy plan today!

Like an Olympian, even the simplest processes require a plan and process. Do you have one for you home's energy efficiency? Listen in as your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small address the necessity of mapping things out for the best result. Simple things you may not even have considered. Like what type of attic insulation do you have?

Have you had a remodel that may have poked holes in your ceiling, like swiss cheese? Those are all leaks into, not out of, your home. Surprised? If you knew of a company that was responsible for helping people plan for savings on utility bills, would you be interested in talking to them? What about over $3 million dollars in total rebates for their customers? Got your attention now? And that's not at all addressing the savings totals from reduced utility bills either! The single most important thing you can do for energy efficiency and utility savings starts in one space in the house and works it's way out from there. The start to your gold medal plan is waiting for your ears to listen and your body to act on hearing today's show. Save money and time when you call Brower Mechanical at 916-624-0808 or visit them on line at There's no time like the present to begin.

February 18, 2018: Black Mold and ghosts in the same house?

Bet that headline gets your attention. First off, you don't want either in your home and secondly, your hosts Duane Knickerbocker and Bill Small actually address both in a great dialogue in today's show. And...there's a fix for one or both. Depending, of course, on what kind of ghosts you have. But there's more.
So, you're probably remotely aware that air carries sound, so, think about what that means if you have air leaks all over your house! Yup. Noise. And how to solve both issues for a healthier living environment? Well, I would give away a good portion of the show if I told you.
In addition to that, you'll also learn how solar really makes a difference in your home's value. The actual return you can get on your solar investment is directly related to the value and appraisal of your home when it comes time to sell. That is, provided it is an "owned" system and not a leased system. How do you know what the best way to go is when it comes to solar? Well, be sure to give a listen and then call or visit Brower Mechanical today. 916-624-0808 or www.gosmall